First edition thus. Original full blue leather with gilt lettering and floral decoration to spine, front and rear panels. All page block edges gilt. Bound-in pale-blue ribbon marker, silk moiré fabric endpapers. A fine copy, presenting as unread, the binding square and tight, the leather and gilt bright and clean. There are a handful of scratches to gilt of the lower page block edge. Loosely laid in 22 pp. stapled 'Notes from the Editors' booklet, with many photographic illustrations. A very attractive example of this Limited Edition of Galbraith's celebrated 1958 work.
Signed by the author in blue ink to a blank page tipped in at the front of the book, protected by a loosely laid in tissue-guard. 'The Affluent Society' was chosen by Robert McCrum as one of the '100 best nonfiction works of all time', "From its urbane opening line – "Wealth is not without its advantages..." – Galbriath's bestselling assault on some of America's most treasured economic myths survives as the apotheosis of an impressive public intellectual's restatement of classic liberalism: provocative, humane and entertaining, a book that shaped the American mind from the 50s and 60s to the fall of the Berlin Wall." ('The Guardian', 11th July 2016). The Franklin Library, a division of The Franklin Mint (a private mint founded by Joseph Segel in Wawa, Pennsylvania in 1964), published a number of limited edition books between 1973 and 2000.
Stock code: 20073